‘Tis the season for potholes;
report them, city will respond

A pothole in the eastbound lane of D Road near 31 1/2 Road is a candidate for Grand Junction city patching crews. Because city crews can’t know where every pothole is, they ask residents to help.



Why is it that smooth roadways give way to gaping holes, almost overnight?

Welcome to pothole season.

It’s not your brain playing tricks on you, said Dan Thorne, street maintenance supervisor for the city of Grand Junction. Fluctuations of freezing temperatures, followed by daytime warm weather “just tears roads up,” Thorne said. Add in some moisture like the rain and snow in the Grand Valley lately, and you might feel like you’re off-roading on city streets.

Because city crews can’t know where every pothole is, they ask residents to help. The city keeps a Fix It form online at http://www.gjcity.org for people to report where potholes are seen, or felt.

City crews collect requests, then go out for the day and fill in holes with a cold asphalt mix, Thorne said.

The patch job sometimes only holds for a while as vehicles wear it down.

“Hopefully it holds until we can get more asphalt in there,” Thorne said.


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